Why Romney's Gaffe is So Damaging
Of course, Mitt Romney's comment -- "I like being able to fire people" -- was taken out of context. But Brad Phillips argues it doesn't matter. "Gaffes that reinforce an existing narrative about a candidate are almost always the most harmful ones, and Gov. Romney is already enduring increasing attacks from opponents and Democrats alike for being more of a job 'cremator' than job creator during his tenure at Bain Capital." As Michael Kinsley once said, a "gaffe" is when a politician tells the truth. Romney's comment is actually quite similar to John Kerry's, "I voted for it before I voted against it." The context didn't matter and the damage was done.
Occupy 2012: Movement Struggles To Evolve, Maintain Momentum
From the Huffington Post:
Oakland, Calif./New York, Jan 9 (Reuters) - It's been a long, cold winter already for Occupy Wall Street, the protest movement that burst onto the scene in September to focus national attention on income inequality and the perceived greed of the rich and powerful. Police have cleared the signature "Occupy" encampments in New York, Los Angeles, Oakland and other major cities. Cold weather, and perhaps protest fatigue, have weakened the handful of camps that remain around the country. The lack of a coherent set of demands has made it difficult for the young movement to affect policy or otherwise score victories that might keep recruits coming. But the movement has clearly influenced the national political conversation, with even President Barack Obama echoing some of its themes in calling for a "fair shot" and "fair share" for all. Now, as Occupy heads into 2012, participants in the leaderless movement are developing a range of new strategies and tactics to keep what they view as the injustices of the economic system in the spotlight.
GOP Voters Still Not Excited About Candidates
A new Pew Research survey finds 51% of Republican and Republican-leaning voters say the GOP candidates are excellent or good, while 44% say they are only fair or poor. The percentage expressing positive views is largely unchanged over the last six months. Key findings: "In 2008, both Democrats and Republicans grew increasingly satisfied with the quality of the candidates for their party's nomination as the campaign progressed. By contrast, the continued lackluster ratings offered by Republicans this year track more closely with how Democrats viewed their options in early 2004."
Santorum Goes After Social Security
The AP covers Rick’s empty rhetoric
Noting the media’s trivial pursuit of rising star Rick Santorum, my colleague Erika Fry has called for more substantive reporting on the candidate’s past and policy visions. I say “amen,” and applaud the fact the AP at least devoted a somewhat lengthy story to his call for immediate cuts to Social Security benefits. “We can’t wait 10 years,” Santorum told a New Hampshire crowd, and the AP reported he was “looking to set himself apart from his Republican rivals” who believe in a gradual phased-in approach to cutting Social Security that doesn’t take money away from those already receiving benefits.
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